Yes, yes, there's a plethora of posts regarding packing and shipping your bike in one box, but I might be doing things differently, and I'm pretty curious to see if there's any tips regarding shipping things in multiple boxes.
I'm going to be flying soon, and would love to bring my bike. Luckily, I'll be flying southwest, which allows for two checked bags, as well as a carry on.
First and foremost, I've heard that unless the box is grossly over the "62 linear inch" limit, they'll let it on without even checking, as long as it's under 50lbs. If anyone can confirm/deny this, that would save me the extra trouble of two boxes, but I'm guessing it's hit or miss.
Anyway, if this doesn't work, I was thinking I could check my bike as two separate packages: one with just the frame/some components, one with the wheelset, other components, and tools. Or I could even use thick cellophane packaging material and bubble wrap on the frame/fork so baggage handlers can see it's a bike, as opposed to tossing around some light box marked "fragile"
Does anyone have any other ideas, and are there any major differences in packing just a frameset, or just a wheelset, as opposed to packing the whole lot in one box? What do y'all think the best way to get my bike home would be?